Pura Vida In Coco Beach

Trip Start Feb 06, 2014
Trip End Feb 19, 2014

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Coco Beach and Rio Tempisqui wildlife

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

We had a "wet landing" today as we were taken ashore by the zodiac which let us out at the edge of the shore line of Coco Beach which is in a gorgeous horseshoe shaped bay with steep hills and impressive cliffs.  The mile long stretch of gray sand is lined by leaning palm trees, oceanfront restaurants and small souvenir stands.  Many fishing boats tell the way of life here, with the addition now of tourism.  It has a beach party atmosphere on weekends for young Ticos, the affectionate name for the people of Costa Rica.

We are learning the essential Spanish phrases, but my favorite is “Pura Vida”, pronounced POOrah VEEdah, with a little roll of the “r”.  It is a term used by Ticos, put on all the t-shirts, and means essentially “Pure Life”.  They say it a lot and it has various rather profound meanings to them.  To me, at this point, if some one says “How are you?” or “Como esta?” I now answer with “pura vida” or “muy bien, gracias”.  It seems to please them more if I say “pura vida”.  Very Costa Rican. 
Our excursion today was marvelous.  We were taken by a small bus to Rio Tempisqui, a small river in a jungle. We saw both capuchin and howler monkeys, quite a few crocs, all kinds of tropical and migrating birds and beautiful flowers. NONE of the animals in the trees posed for me but I did get a wonderful shot of a momma capuchin with her baby on her back and a few good ones of iguanas, of which there is no shortage in Costa Rica..

Back on our heavenly yacht, our new friends, Donna and Burt invited us to Candles. This meant dinner on the aft deck under the stars and nearly a full moon.  A perfect way to end a perfectly wonderful day.




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Joke from Holland on

Silly me! The name of the Cedar Key Island Hotel you mentioned on FB sounded so American that I thought you were home form CR by now and went away for the weekend. It turns out you still are enjoying Costa Rica! so have fun. Love to you and Barry, XX.

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